The Rev. Richard Earl Nowers, 88, a retired Elder, died Jan. 23, 2017, at his residence in Edgewater. A Memorial Service was held Jan. 28, at Saint Andrew's of Annapolis UMC.
Richard Earl Nowers was born April 29, 1929, in Reading, Pa., and raised in Allentown, Pa., where he graduated from the Allentown High School. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree from Drew University.
In the 1950s, he served pastorates in the Philadelphia and Wyoming conferences. In 1957 he came into the Baltimore Conference and served as an associate at Foundry. From 1961-1965, he served at Solomons, 1965-69; at Hunt’s Memorial in Riderwood, 1969-76; at Beechfield in Baltimore. In 1976, he was appointed to Church of the Redeemer in Hillcrest Heights, and in 1982 to St. Andrews UMC where he remained until his retirement in 1994. At the time of his death he was serving there as Minister to Seniors.
In his 10-plus years in Pasadena he touched many lives and was loved by many. His obituary in the Baltimore Sun said, “He was kind, compassionate, always positive and enthusiastic. He had a passion for life and lived it to its fullest. He appreciated every little thing and everybody. He enjoyed dancing, singing, skiing, ice skating, dining out, traveling, biking, camping and Scouting” (He was an Eagle Scout),
Nowers was preceded in death by his wife, Olive Nowers, whom he married in June 1957; and two children: daughter Lisa Ann Nowers, and son Richard Gil Nowers.
Survivors include his daughter, Terry Lynn Fitzmaurice and her husband, Dennis Fitzmaurice of East Stroudsburg, Pa; a granddaughter, a grandson and a great-grandson.
Condolences may be sent to Terry Lynn Fitzmaurice, 149 Centre St., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew's UMC, 4 Wallace Manor Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 or to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122.